Many of Zagreb’s museums and galleries are at the city center and many were damaged by the earthquake. One of the consequences is that some won’t be able to receive visitors until next year. In the days following the earthquake, the museum and gallery professionals got used to seeing valuable pieces of art on the floor, behind cracked display cases or beneath debris. Such as, for instance, the marble statue of an elegant, long-legged young man from the permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum’s Antiquity Collection, captured by our photojournalist. Another example are mannequins in folk costumes, brought down in the display case like dominoes, a scene shot in the Ethnographic Museum. Among the severely damaged buildings were the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatian History Museum and Croatian Natural History Museum, to name a few. Access to some of the museums was forbidden for days after the earthquake.

The Basilica of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Palmotićeva Street was severely damaged in the earthquake, with many bricks still lying on the ground when the photo was shot (© Damjan Tadić)
The marble sculpture of a young man, part of the permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum's Antiquity Collection is among the pieces of art damaged by the earthquake (© Marko Todorov)
The Genius of Art, a sculpture by Rudolf Valdec at the House of Bukovac was photographed as the chimney, cracked by the earthquake, threatened to topple down (© Goran Mehkek)
The Ethnographic Museum is among the those that were damaged by the earthquake; the photo shows mannequins, collapsed in their display case, one after another (© Boris Kovačev)

It was fortunate in this difficult situation that the damage on the affected works of art was not irreparable – rare exceptions aside – and that none of the pieces that are essential for the national art history have been seriously damaged. The many sculptures adorning Zagreb’s facades give them special charm. They have also inspired many research studies, but some were completely destroyed by the earthquake. Many of the churches that are important for the local heritage were damaged, as well as the Mirogoj Cemetery Arcades, a work of renowned architect Herman Bollé, alongside many tombstones at the city’s main cemetery. The picture of Zagreb’s heritage will never be the same after this earthquake, and this was all captured by Cropix photojournalists, right after the damage was done.

Structural engineers had their hands full those days. Structural engineers in inspection were photographed at the corner of Ilica and Frankopanska Streets (© Darko Tomaš)
Besides the several thousand damaged tombstones and monuments at Mirogoj Cemetery, its Arcades suffered as well (© Neja Markičević)
Had Herman Bollé done nothing but the Arcades of Mirogoj, we would have been in his debt forever. In addition to the Arcades, the tombstones and the nearby Christ the King Church were severely damaged (© Neja Markičević)